Kitchen Table Conversations

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Expressions of Interest: 
Kitchen Table Conversations: The concept of visiting with each other to gather information, rather than “meeting” or “interviewing” to get information in a one directional way.  Engagements through visiting are Indigenous ways of gathering knowledge in oral form and are used in informal or “neutral” or “happy” common spaces like at someone’s kitchen table.

Visiting gets to the “heart” of things, rather than using the intellect (or head). It is a more wholistic process to exchange information (utilizing the head, heart, physical, and emotional quadrants of the medicine wheel) and it allows one to get to know others (through reciprocity and relationality) in what seems like an informal or more casual way but it is just as useful for long term learning and information gathering, if not MORE useful.

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As we navigate the new teaching and learning landscape, we are opening a fall visiting at the Kitchen Table Conversations about the opportunities and challenges of localizing Indigenous methodologies and approaches at a moment of change and possibility. This community is open to educators across campus, including instructors, graduate students, and parafaculty educators engaged in teaching and learning.

Want to join Kitchen Table Conversations? We run in parallel with the Community of Practice and Care. Fill out the Expression of Interest here!

Fall Theme: Localizing Indigenous Methodologies and Approaches using visiting at the Kitchen Table Conversations (approximately September 19 - December 16, 2022)

Time Commitment: Every two weeks for 60 minutes (week of September 12 - week of December 5, 2022)

Facilitated by: Andrea Menard (she/they/wiin), Lead Educational Developer, Indigenizing Curricula and Pedagogies

Format: We will gather virtually for the first half of the semester. By Reading Week in mid-October, we will make a decision together about whether we will remain fully online or shift to a hybrid format (with participants choosing between joining onsite and joining offsite).

Synchronous online, low-stakes, and collaborative with semi-structured supportive conversations. Decisions regarding preparation (e.g., pre-readings, reflections, etc.) to be determined by participants.

Possible Topics: Working together as a group, we will decide the key themes we will address in our community. Some possible topics include the following:

  • Nurturing community through decolonizing and indigenizing writing/teaching/learning strategies
  • Using decolonizing and indigenizing strategies to meet individual access needs
  • Anti-colonial approaches to classroom engagement and writing instruction
  • Building flexibility into courses (e.g., policies, course content, and assignments)
  • Including students as partners in classrooms and other teaching and learning spaces
  • Meeting our learners’ physical, cognitive, and emotional needs…while attending to our own
  • Engaging and connecting students across modes of engagement (e.g., in the physical classroom, virtual, synchronous, and asynchronous)
  • Considering equity and Treaty rights in indigenizing pedagogies and curricula

Capacity: Since communities of practice work best when they are smaller, each Kitchen Table Conversation will be capped at 12 participants. However, we are open to developing further Kitchen Table Conversations in the future where there is an interest.

Want to join Kitchen Table Conversations? We run in parallel with the Community of Practice and Care. Fill out the Expression of Interest here!